lucy2244 wrote:I hadn't heard of this before this topic, and I've just watched the trailer. I am a huge animal lover, especially marine creatures, and whales are a big love of mine. I remember going to Florida in 2008, and watching the shamu show was the highlight of my stay. But after seeing this trailer, and only the trailer, it honestly makes me feel sick I actually payed for this. I will most definitely be watching the film no matter how upsetting it is to me! I think it's important to realize what truly goes on behind the scenes and not be content with what these staged documentaries tell us. In my opinion, animals should be treated with respect and not exploited for our own uses, and I don't think many people realize what's going on behind the smoke and mirrors which is 'the magic'.
Kimberley wrote:This is a really good review, interesting to readJust watched Blackfish - wow, feeling completely moved.
As you would expect from a documentary like this, the views are very one-sided, so I would definitely recommend watching it with an open mind. The film has a similar feel about it to The Cove, which I do believe it is affiliated with, which can only really be understood if you have seen both. The message in both films is very strong, and I personally found Blackfish easier to watch compared to The Cove, even though it was still very emotional.
Blackfish argues against orcas in captivity, and is geared mainly towards Seaworld. As such, most interviewees are past Seaworld trainers giving their views about captivity, and telling their experiences when working at the parks. Marine experts are also interviewed, and I personally learnt a lot about orcas in the wild - most particularly how social they are. It's incredible.
As expected, the other side of the argument is not given often. One interviewee argues that captivity is not wrong, but apart from that, Seaworld is only represented by their own quotes. At the end it tells you that Seaworld declined multiple times to be interviewed for the film. I can't help but feel that they haven't helped themselves there, especially now that they are saying the film is misleading & inaccurate, when they had the chance to give their side of the argument in the first place. That's my view anyway.
So all in all, my view towards orcas in captivity stands - I don't agree with it. My view towards Seaworld has deteriorated, but I do not 'hate' them. The staff that work with them want to take care of them the best they can, and I recognise that Seaworld does a lot of work towards the rescue, rehabilitation & return of marine animals, which I can only praise them for. However, I do not feel that there is a need for the orcas to be there apart from the revenue made from them, which is such a shame. The film highlights how this comes into play when managing the parks, which is one reason why my view towards Seaworld as a company has diminished. Again, this could be biased, but that is my opinion right now.
I'm not usually one to write reviews on films, but I felt a need to express my views here, especially after visiting Seaworld Orlando multiple times in the past. I think that more people need to see documentaries like this, but make sure you research the other side of the story as well
Inaccurate reports recently have generated questions about SeaWorld and the animals in our care. The truth is in our parks and people, and it’s time to set the record straight.
The men and women of SeaWorld are true animal advocates. We are the 1,500 scientists, researchers, veterinarians, trainers, marine biologists, aquarists, aviculturists, educators and conservationists who have dedicated our lives to the animals in our care as well as those in the wild that are injured, ill or orphaned. Whether it’s a sea lion, manatee, sea turtle or whale, we are on call 24/7.
Here are some important facts about SeaWorld and our work:
SeaWorld does not capture killer whales in the wild. Due to the groundbreaking success of our research in marine mammal reproduction, we haven’t collected a killer whale from the wild in 35 years. In fact, only two of the whales in our care were collected by SeaWorld and they continue to be in our care today. In addition, our research has led to a much greater understanding of whales in the wild, giving researchers important scientific insights surrounding marine mammal reproduction.
We do not separate killer whale moms and calves. SeaWorld recognizes the important bond between mother and calf. On the rare occasion that a mother killer whale cannot care for the calf herself, we have successfully hand raised and reintroduced the calf. Whales are only moved to maintain a healthy social structure.
SeaWorld invests millions of dollars in the care of our killer whales. In the last three years alone, we have invested $70 million in our killer whale habitats and millions of dollars annually in support of these facilities. Our habitats are among the largest in the world today. They are state-of-the-art, multimillion-gallon environments of cooled and filtered water that allow for the highest and safest standards of care. We give our animals restaurant-quality fish, exercise, veterinary care, mental stimulation, and the company of other members of their species.
SeaWorld’s killer whales’ life spans are equivalent with those in the wild. While studies continue to define the average life span of killer whales in the wild, the most recent science suggests that our killer whales’ life spans are comparable — indeed, five of our animals are older than 30, and one of our whales is close to 50.
The killer whales in our care benefit those in the wild. We work with universities, governmental agencies and NGOs to increase the body of knowledge about and the understanding of killer whales — from their anatomy and reproductive biology to their auditory abilities. Some populations of wild killer whales have been classified as endangered or threatened, demonstrating the potential critical nature of these research opportunities. This type of controlled research and study is simply not possible in the wild, and has significant real-world benefits to the killer whales that live there.
SeaWorld is a world leader in animal rescue. The millions of people who visit our parks each year make possible SeaWorld’s world-renowned work in rescue, rehabilitation and release. We are constantly innovating when it comes to this care: Our veterinarians have created nursing bottles to hand-feed orphaned whales, prosthetics to save sea turtles, and a wetsuit to help injured manatees stay afloat during rehabilitation. Whether it’s the result of natural or man-made disasters, SeaWorld is always on call and often the first to be contacted. We have rescued more than 23,000 animals with the goal of treating and returning them to the wild.
Naturalist Baba Dioum put it best when he said, “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.”
At SeaWorld, this has been our calling since we first opened our doors 50 years ago. It is a responsibility we do not take lightly. More than 400 million guests have visited SeaWorld. We are proud that their experiences here have a lasting and positive impact on them, and on the world in which we live.
The truth about SeaWorld is right here in our parks and people. Our guests may enter our gates having never given much thought to the remarkable animals in our oceans. When they leave with a greater appreciation for the importance of the sea, educated about the animals that live there and inspired to make a difference, we have done our job.